Chastain and the Macon County Highway Department won a Merit Award for our efforts in transforming South Country Club Road from a rural county highway to the intermodal backbone of one of the busiest tourist locations in all of Macon County. Merit Awards are given for those projects worthy of recognition for the engineer and the owner/client. In addition, this project provided a “Safe Route to School” for neighborhood children attending Muffley Elementary School, and allowed children from the school to walk to the Scovill Zoo and the Children’s Museum as part of their education. This project also supplied the missing link in an overall intermodal loop around the Nelson Park Basin on Lake Decatur. Local running and bicycle clubs had petitioned Macon County to complete this loop, and now these clubs and local residents have benefited greatly from increased exercise and leisure options with the addition of the path.
Macon County will construct two new projects in the near future consisting of a combination of new roadway and multi-use paths that will tie into South Country Club Road and existing paths.
A 2.5 mile section of multi-use path along Lost Bridge and Baltimore Roads will begin construction as early as spring 2015. These paths will originate at the south end of the path at South Country Club Road. The newly constructed path will join an existing two mile path in the Village of Mt. Zion.
A 1.2 mile section of roadway and multi-use path will be constructed along Baltimore Avenue to the north from Lost Bridge Road. This 1.2 miles section will tie into the path constructed along Lost Bridge Road.
A total of almost 10 miles of pathways will connect with the original path on South Country Club Road, including the 4.1 miles loop of Lake Decatur Basin 2.